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Unhealthy Habits

Sarah and her husband, Todd, are sitting on a bench in the garden. Todd starts coughing again…

Sarah: Todd, your cough is getting worse by the day…

Todd: Don’t worry, darling, I must have caught a cold when I was out running in the rain last week…

Sarah: I don’t think that’s what has caused it…you’ve had a bad cough for a few weeks now!

Todd: Please…don’t start again!

Sarah: You know you need to stop smoking! I’ve told you a million times!

Todd: I know…but I’m not sure I can do without a cigarette for more than a day…I’ve been smoking since I was 15. What’s your advice?

Sarah: If I were you, I’d try using an electronic cigarette.  Angela’s husband has one …he used to smoke a full packet every day. When I met Angela last week, she told me he hasn’t smoked one cigarette since he started using the electronic one.

Todd: Maybe it’s worth a try?

Sarah: Why not? You need to do something now, otherwise, your health will get worse… Please, I’m so worried about you!


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Unhealthy Habits


Phrasal verb
Example sentence
To come around

To become conscious again after an illness or an operation

One hour after the operation, she started to come around.

To shake something off

To get rid of an illness

I really hope I can shake this cold off before the weekend.

To pass out

To become unconscious for a short period of time.

When the ball hit her on the head, she passed out.

To pick something up

To start to suffer from something

She picked up the cold when she was- on holiday.

To come down with something

To start to suffer symptoms of an illness.

I think I’m starting to come down with the flu.

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